Ranch Hand I

Organization: Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch
Location: Murchison, Texas, us
Job or Internship: Job

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal advocacy organization, is seeking a Ranch Hand 1 in the wildlife department for its Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.   

Black Beauty Ranch is a world-renowned animal sanctuary located in east Texas.  Its nearly 1,250 acres are home to more than 1,000 domestic and exotic animals, many of whom have been rescued from near-death situations such as slaughterhouses, biomedical research laboratories, and trophy hunting ranches.  Bison and cattle, horses and burros, antelope and apes, camels and llamas all have permanent, safe homes at the ranch, which was founded in 1979 by Cleveland Amory, author and animal advocate.  

Commitment to the goals and programs of the HSUS along with the highest quality animal care skills required.  Must have the ability to follow directions and record observations; communicate with other staff members and supervisors; identify changes in animal behavior or medical status.  Minimum 2 years’ experience working with wildlife and high school diploma required.  Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, wildlife science, or similar field preferred.   

This position involves substantial animal husbandry responsibilities, limited basic medical work, and some administrative duties (record keeping).  Day-to-day responsibilities include feeding, cleaning enclosures and pastures, monitoring behavior, enclosure maintenance and enrichment activities.  Ranch Hands also work with and mentor interns.  Proof of negative TB test is required. Tetanus and Rabies pre-exposure vaccinations are recommended.  

Desired candidates are mature individuals with the ability to handle physically and emotionally stressful situations, a demanding work load and long hours, and work independently or as a team. Must be able to move/lift 50 pounds, have a good driving record, work outdoors in variable weather conditions and work with a variety of native and non-native wildlife and farmed animals.  Applicants should possess a strong personal work ethic and a high level of integrity.  

Please send cover letter and resume to Noelle Almrud, Director of Animal Care, nalmrud@humanesociety.org.

This position is located in Murchison, Texas.